Nashville: Lower Prices Coming to a Kroger Near You

Disclosure: I received a Kroger gift card at this blogger event. As always, though, all thoughts and opinions posted on my blog are all mine.

While I am a huge bargain shopper and rarely pay full price for anything, I have a confession to make. I hate clipping coupons. Hate it! I’m a total coupon slacker. I do, however, shop sales and generally plan our meals and snacks around the best deals.

I’ve been shopping off and on and Kroger for years. There’s a Kroger conveniently located near my daughter’s school, making it easy to make a mad OMGWHATSFORDINNER run, not that I ever do that. Ahem. I am also a huge fan of their Kroger Plus discounts on gas since I drive a gas beast of an SUV.

The lovely PR folks with Kroger’s Nashville Division invited me to attend a blogger luncheon at the Green Hills store recently to discuss their new store-wide reduction plan, which includes lower prices on thousands of items, from coffee to cereal. One of the highlights of the event was meeting THE Ms. Cheap, Mary Hance with The Tennessean. If you don’t read her column, you should.

Nashville Kroger Low Prices Program

After lunch we took a tour of the store to get more details about the price reductions, which includes national brands, produce and Kroger’s Simple Truth natural foods line. As we toured the produce department, which now features several fruits and vegetables grown here in Tennessee, I honed in on the lettuce since we make a lot of salads in the summer. All lettuce is now 99 cents, including Romaine. Bring on the croutons! Fresh produce is definitely my preference as opposed to canned or frozen veggies but can often be pricey. Several produce items that families purchase frequently were part of the markdown initiative, including fresh peaches (which were $1.99 a pound and are now 99 cents a pound) and Roma tomatoes (which were $1.29 a pound and are now 99 cents a pound.) I was also impressed with the new lower prices on Lysol brand cleaner. I love their lemon all-purpose cleaner and the price has been permanently reduced from $2.69 to $1.99.

As a busy mom slash coupon slacker I am always happy to hear about ways to lower my grocery bill. Kroger is also rolling out their new store-wide price reductions in Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Atlanta and Nashville area Kroger shoppers are already seeing the new prices.

Do you shop at Kroger? Have you noticed the price reductions?

 

 

 

 

Get Smart: Enter To Win The HGTV Smart Home Located in Nashville

HGTV Smart Home Living Room

The open and spacious den in the HGTV Smart Home located here in Nashville. Love the vaulted ceilings!


Happy Tuesday (that feels like a Monday)! How was your weekend? We enjoyed some sunshine and downtime, my two favorite ways to wile away a three-day weekend. We had a major scare with our sweet elder dog Jack Saturday so we stayed close to home. He’s fine now but at 15+ his health is starting to decline. We’re just thankful we still have him and that we were home Saturday to rush him to the vet. Kudos to my level-headed hubby.

One of the best things about living in Nashville is it’s a mecca for cool happenings. As a blogger I am fortunate to get an insider’s view of some of these happenings and last week I was invited to tour the 2014 HGTV Smart Home. This house is literally less than 15 minutes from my office ya’ll. I AM SO ENTERING TO WIN IT DAILY. At three stories, it’s a very livable house as the main living space is all on the ground floor (master bedroom and bath, kitchen, living room, utility room, and garage.) I also love the two outdoor spaces. There is a lovely deck off the main living room and a covered porch off the basement with built-in seating. Could I imagine sitting out on the porch in the evening enjoying a glass of wine? Oh yes I could.

SH14_LOGO

Here’s a 90-second tour of this amazing high-tech, yet cozy, English cottage style home.


And now for some pics from the official press release…


 

Dining Room HGTV Smart Home


Upon entering the home, the first room you’ll see to the left is this gorgeous formal dining room slash office, although I’m a messy desk kind of girl and I’d probably set up office space in the very cool downstairs basement of this home, which actually offers a good bit of natural light.


HGTV Smart Home Master Bedroom


The master bedroom is located immediately to the right as you enter the home. I love the peaceful neutral tones and I have almost the exact same sunburst mirror in our home! The touches of blue are nice and I love the graphic window treatments.


HGTV Smart Home Kitchen


The gorgeous open kitchen space. To the left (outside of the photo) is a wonderful built-in cabinet with a coffee area, which I love.


Kids Bedroom HGTV Smart Home


Love the kid’s bedroom, which is located upstairs. My girls were especially excited about the built-in twin bed space, perfect for sleepovers, and may or may not have started fighting about whose room this would be, should we win.


Basement bathroom at the HGTV Smart Home 2014 located in Nashville, TN


I love this cozy upstairs seating area located between the kid’s bedroom and the guest bedroom. I can envision many a popcorn and movie night in this space, not to mention some Wii U action.


Basement HGTV Smart Home


The basement is definitely not what I think of when I envision basement! It’s fun, funky, and inviting. The two sofas in this space open up to beds. How cool is this “stage?” I love the snack bar area, too. If you look in the far left corner you’ll catch a glimpse of the in-home gym.


Five Decorating Tips from HGTV Smart Home in Nashville


5 Takeaways From the 2014 HGTV Smart Home in Nashville

Use local artwork – The walls of the 2014 HGTV Smart Home are warmly decorated with area artists, which pays homage to the many talented artisans in our area. Plus this can be a much more budget friendly option (not to mention it will add an eclectic vibe to your decor.)

Paint a chalkboard checklist  – The basement gym of the HGTV Smart Home features a cool chalkboard wall with a painted grid for tracking workouts. You could take this idea into almost any room. How about bucket list wall for a play room or a chore grid in a utility room?

Use stripes to accent a wall – The upstairs kid’s bedroom (see pic above) features a neutral 3D wall of painted wooden boards but you could easily recreate the look by painting horizontal stripes in coordinating theme colors on one wall to recreate the look.

Search Etsy for unusual accessories – The basement music theme area has awesome upcycled 45 records as “bowls.” You can find these on Etsy. Love this Johnny Cash bowl!

Go green with succulents – I noticed several hearty and unusual succulent plants in the HGTV Smart Home. They are easy to grow (hurrah) and if you search Pinterest you’ll find lots of lovely and unusual ideas. Check out this post from Life in ATX.

For more great photos of the HGTV Smart Home located right here in my hometown of Nashville, check out this post from Unskinny Boppy and this one from Southern Hospitality. They toured the home in April as part of a special home decor tour.

The Nashville HGTV Smart Home, built by Carbine & Associates, is part of a total grand prize package valued at over $1 million. Not only will one lucky winner receive the house and all its furnishings, which are gorgeous,, but the prize package includes a 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (which I caught a glimpse of in the two-car garage) and $100,000 courtesy of Quicken Loans. Holy prize value!

You can enter once at HGTV.com and once at HGTVRemodels.com daily and can sign up for daily email reminders. Check out hgtv.com/smart for official rules. Local Nashville PR firm Forest Home Media handled the PR for an April blogger tour. Check out their post!

Have you entered to win?

 

 

 

 

 

Champions for Kids: Help End Hunger in Your Community Schools

Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that today more children than ever before get free or reduced price school breakfast? That’s 9.8 million kids. Even more startling to me, is that 10.6 million eligible kids go completely without breakfast during the school week. I can’t imagine my girls trying to learn and study on an empty stomach. Hunger has a huge effect on a child’s school performance; 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

I wasn’t familiar with Champions for Kids and their SIMPLE Giving program in conjunction with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods, but it’s as easy as visiting your local Walmart while you’re out shopping for your family, purchasing breakfast foods, and then donating them to help provide a nutritious start to the day for children in your local schools.

I’ve traveled half way around the world to Kenya to speak with school children in the slums who often go without breakfast so it’s hard for me to believe that there are children in my own community who go without something as basic as breakfast. The Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program is such a great community service project to share with your kids. Here in Middle Tennessee there are several area participating Walmart stores, such as those in Nashville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro.

It can be overwhelming when we think of need in our communities and we aren’t sure just where to start. Sometimes we can become resigned to think that small efforts don’t make a difference. Champions for Kids is a champion of spreading the word that helping others does not have to come in large doses. Instead, Champions for Kids seeks to ignite generational change by fostering a “habit of giving” among youth and parents in America.

How can you help? Simply purchase and donate breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart now  through May 5. Place your items in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. All of the food donations go to children in the local store district so this is a great way to give back to your local community and demonstrate to your children the importance of giving back. The school district that collects the most donated items from a single Walmart store in its division will also receive $10,000 from Champions for Kids. And the school district that collects the most donations from a Walmart store in its region will receive $1,000 from Champions for Kids. For a full list of participating stores and official rules click here.

Walmart Simple Giving Program

Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving Twitter Party

The Motherhood is joining Champions for Kids along with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a Twitter party Thursday, April 24 to spread the word about a simple way we can help ensure that kids in our communities enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will help them stay focused in school! I’ve teamed up with several other bloggers to co-host the party where you’ll learn more about this great program and helping your community, as well as have the chance to win some fun prizes, such as a Walmart gift card.


During the party we’ll be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids’ Simple Services Projects. Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps—Gather, Learn, Give and Share!


When: Thursday, April 24, at Noon CST


Where: Twitter! Follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can read the details and RSVP via this link: http://www.twtvite.com/simplegiving


Hashtag: #SIMPLEGiving


Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.


Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, and @EmilyMcKhann


Sponsor: @Champions4Kids


Will I see you at the party?

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